Gabriel Orozco, Double tail, 2003
In Double tail, Gabriel Orozco uses expanding polyurethane foam, which is both fragile and deceptively solid. Here, the artist has fashioned a suspended object that generates a significant visual tension – between gravity and mass, flatness and three-dimensionality, surface and form. This manipulation creates further ambiguities: the form resembles a fossil or skeletal structure, on the one hand, and a futuristic, aquatic or aerodynamically-designed object, on the other. As with much of Orozco’s work, the finished piece simultaneously refers to the materials and processes of its construction, at the same time as transcending these physical elements as creations of startling simplicity and tremendous beauty.